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German history stretches from the Roman Era, colonialism of Africa, to its reunification in 1990. Martin Luther, Ludwig van Beethoven and Adolf Hitler are some of the historically significant persons that came from Germany.
Answer : One of the problems Germany faced after WWI was over, was that they had to accept the terms of the treaty of versallies. The terms were: give a lot of thier territory to places like France and Poland, They had to pay France 6.6M in repirations, they had to reduce their army to 100,000 men (…
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Germany was basically a military state where the General Staff (the central 'brains' of the army) ruled the roost and was nominally responsible to the Emperor. It was not under political control. The country ranked first in iron and steel production, international trade, number of soldiers & equ…
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A variety of things, including: Borders were redrawn, causing them to lose territory to certain countries (like Alsace-Lorraine to France). The Reich (Empire) was dissolved and the Kaiser was eliminated. In the Treaty of Versailles, Germany was in essence, blamed for the war, and was forced to pl…
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He was 56 years old when he ended his life. Adolf Hitler was born April 20, 1889, in Braunau am Inn, a small town in Austria on the Austrian-Bavarian border.He became dictator in 1933 when he was 44. When Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, Hitler was 50 years old. Germany lost the war in 1…
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Note This question was originally in the section on WW2   With the Marshall Plan implemented after WW 2, the U.S. did more to help Germany recover after the war than any victor has ever helped a defeated foe in the history of humankind. Respectfully, you may have confused The Treaty of Versa…
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Germany suffered a devastating defeat, and emerged morally bankrupt. Its reputation as a cilivized country was in tatters.   The infrastructure was heavily damaged, but about 60% of the industrial capacity still remained. Besides, the advent of the Cold War led to massive aid from the western…
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That would require a very lenghthy answer, so I would suggest that you read, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.Before the rise of HitlerDespite the Treaty of Versailles, reparations and all that, and despite hyperinflation (stabilized late in 1923) the republic established in Germany in 1918-19 w…
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May I respectfully suggest the following:The Last Nazis by Perry Biddiscombe Charleston, S.C. Tempus Publishing, Inc. 2000 ISBM: 0-7524-1793-2Richard V. Horrell WW 2 Connections.com   At the end of WW2 Poland's borders were pushed westwards into areas like East Prussia, Pomerania and Silesia …
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No, they didn't. Germany's economic troubles after WWI were partly due to the damage of the war itself, partly due to the punitive measures in the Treaty of Versailles and partly due to Germany's own economic policies. It had nothing to do with Jews. The idea of some secret conspiracy of mysterious…
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Children Fighting for the Nazis May I respectfully suggest you read the following:The Hitler Youth by H.W. KochNew York ISBN: 0-88029-236-9Hitler Youth by Brenda R. LewisOsceola, WI MBI Pub. Co. 2000 ISBN: 0-7603-0946-9Inside Hitler's Germany by Matthew Hughes & Chris MannDulles, VA ISBN: 1-57488-2…
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Answer The Nazis very quickly set up networks of informers. Records of executions, for example, show there was considerably more opposition than was formerly thought. However, it was largely a matter of individuals and sometimes couples. What was extremely hard because of the police state was org…
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The First Reich was the Holy Roman Empire. Various dates are given for its foundation. The date preferred by most German historians is the coronation of Otto I in 962. In a rather shadowy form this empire remained in existence till 1806. It was often said that it was 'neither holy, nor Roman, nor an…
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No, there was no Jewish "war" against Germany. One only hears about this "war" in Nazi propaganda.The notion that "the Jews" [collectively or worldwide] 'waged [or declared] war on Germany' is utterly preposterous. "The Jews" had no soldiers. "The Jews" didn't have even one tank, one military airpla…
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Hitler hated the Jews for a lot of reasons. One was because he thought they had "back-stabbed" Germany during WW1. Most unlikely. His mother died in 1907 and, according to Ian Kershaw's highly acclaimed biography, the first evidence of real antisemitism on Hitler's part dates from 1916. I've read …
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Answer Whenever he became suspicious of anybody's personal loyalty to him, he had them executed. This included, for instance, the leader of the S.A., one of Hitler's closest personal friends, Ernst Roehm, and hundreds of S.A. officers in 1934 when Hitler came to suspect them. Michael Montagne A…
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Adolf Hitler had unsuccessfully attempted a coup in 1923 and was briefly imprisoned for it. His Nazi Party (the NSDAP) gained a rapidly growing number of seats in the Reichstag from 1930 on. Hindenburg was persuaded to appoint Hitler as chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933. Under the subsequen…
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Answer Hitler was with his long time mistress whom he had married a few hours earlier, Eva Braun.
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The Nazi symbol is called a Swastika In Germany it is called 'Hakenkreuz' The word "Swastika" is of ancient Aryan (German, Nordic Races) origin. Germans use the word "Hakenkruez" (twisted cross). The swastika is an ancient East Aryan symbol and was to promote good luck. The symbol is still in use t…
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sadness religions falling Hitler brought Germany out of a depression and improved there economy.
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No one can say for sure. However, it is unlikely that the Allies would have won the Battle of the Atlantic without the input of the USA. There would certainly have been no victury in the desert, no invasion of Sicily and Italy. Also, no D-Day invasion. All of the troops required to fight these batt…
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he wanted to take over Germany and have a dictatorship between them.
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1. Germany surrendered unconditionally. In other words, the Allies could do as they pleased with the country. 2. The country was divided into four zones (American, British, French and Soviet) governed by the four powers of occupation. Berlin, which geographically lay in the Soviet Zone, was divided…
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The Nazi leadership consisted of ardent devotees of conspiracy theories that claimed that the Jews had caused Germany's defeat in World War 1 and had caused the Great Depression. Many Germans found this kind of thing hard to believe. ___ Most German Jews were well assimilated. (Germany was the bi…
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Output and living standards in Germany rose consistently for the two decades up to 1914.
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After the Versailles Treaty was signed, Germany was left in economic ruin. Hitler helped to form the Nazi party and with the help of his Minister of Propaganda, Josef Goebbels, they were able to convince the people of Germany that the country would rebuild and achieve wealthy status, with every Germ…
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Cellars, attics, barns, cornfields, anywhere that they thought that they wouldn't be caught by the Nazis.   children were usually hid in orphanage and passed as non Jewish children because they were not required to carry any forms of identification with them   Some Jewish people hid in…
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Hitler become Chancellor of Germany legally but not Furher. Hindenburg appointed Hitler Chancellor of Germany in January 1933 because the conservative elite such as Von Papen argued that they could tame him. However, the Communist supporter Van der Lubbe set fire to the Reichstag and caused the Cabi…
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In full in GermanNationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (NSDAP)
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Britain was very relaxed on it's standpoint with Hitler's rising status in Germany. Britain had just been through a devastating war with Germany and wanted to do everything possible to avoid another. Hitler began rearming its navy, airforce, and army which was forbiddened by the Versailles T…
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austria (1938) czechoslavia (sept1938) poland (sept1939)and with the blitzkreg in in spring of 1940, norway, netherland, frances, denmark, belguim
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Answer times were very bad
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The Schieffen Plan was Germany's key war plan for invading France at the start of World War 1. It involved marching through Belgium in order to knock France out of the war quickly. The plan was devised by Alfred von Schlieffen. It involved attacking France through Belgium in the event of war with Fr…
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Adolph Hitler became the leader of Germany. He rose to power promising jobs for unemployed citizens in the war-torn country. He blamed Jews for Germany's economic issues, which lead to the slaughter of 6 million Jews in concentration camps. His invasion of Poland also sparked World War 2 in which mi…
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The question is worded wrong because Hitler did not take power quickly. After he was arrested for trying to forcely attempt a coup (the beer hall) he sept eight months in jail where he wrote mein Kamft then he rose to power the old fashined way he assumed control of his party fashinoed himslef the u…
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He just became leader because he wanted it. He told Dreschler that he wanted power and that if he didn't get it, then he'd form his own party. Hitler's philosophy was if you want something take it, Don't ask!   Hitler became the leader of Germany through the parliamentary electoral system. In…
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Hitler was in power for 12 years, from 1933 to 1945.
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Hitler's Suicide The consensus is that Adolf Hitler took a cyanide capsule and shot himself in the head on April 30, 1945 in his bunker in Berlin. Soviet forces were only about half a mile away. Documents released after the breakup of the Soviet Union indicate that Hitler did commit suicide in the b…
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Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) was a government-sponsored outbreak of violence against the Jews in Germany - a pogrom. It began in the night of 9-10 November 1938 and lasted for some days. During this night in November 1938 all German and Austrian synagogues were ordered burned by Goebbels in…
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Post WW2 German GovernmentSoon after the German surrender the Allies (British, Americans, Soviets and later also the French) they set up a provisional government for the occupation.Maybe someone has more to add?  Each of the occupying powers adminstered its own zone. There was no central gover…
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The Weimar Republic was the name of the federal republic and semi-presidential representative democracy that was in place before World War II.
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The Nazi's played a major role in the development of Germany. They restored its power by improving the armed forces and giving people jobs. This was done by setting up the national labour service. This was where men would live in camps and be fed, paid weekly and given uniforms to work on things lik…
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Hitler was just the leader of the NSDAP (Nazi party) until he became chancellor.
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Answer The Berlin Wall divided East Berlin from West Berlin, walling in the Germans on the Eastern side so that they could not flee to the West and escape communism. The enabled the Soviet-controlled East German government to be even more oppressive. The conditions in the East continued to deter…
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There was nothing uniform about treatment of Nazis.The party was outlawed in Germany. Many lower and mid level former Nazis took up government/civil service/teacher positions in West Germany.Higher ups were in some cases held for trial, as at Nuremberg. Many were then executed or imprisoned. There w…
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Answer Hitler was cruel, especialy to jews, which he put in death camps. Answer According to Ian Kershaw's biography Hitler was a lazy leader with a disorganized lifestyle. As a result his servile underlings often tried to guess what he wanted and what would please him. With large numbers of …
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Adolf Hitler was an Austrian-born German politician who became the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party, more popularly known as the Nazi Party in 1921. They were extremists with very radical views. They believed in the "superior race" - the Aryans, the ones who were the most pure a…
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Lieutenant General Kurt von Schleicher, for only 57 days! He was quoted to have said, "I held power for 57 days, and was betrayed 57 times."
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THe one Germany was spit up into two groups,the Soviets in the East and The United States,Britain,and France in the West.i will tell u what happened they did or could not go any where else oh and want a know more go to... wikihow.com
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wikipedia is a very good source, its more accurate than the world encyclopedia. they even cite their sources of information too!
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Answer Germany failed to renew their treaty or promise they made with Russia in 18 something or other. therefore Russia was free to ally with the Allied forces(countries lke England, France, etc.)
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World War 1 had the biggest devastating effect on Germany.The Allies blamed Germany for the war as a result Germany were ordered to sign the Treatyof Versailles drawn by the Allies. The treaty imposed huge reparation on Germany which included destruction caused by the war, and pensions for millions …
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When the wall fell it ended the Cold War. Communism was no more in Eastern Europe, namely in Germany. It was greatly significant to the Berlin people, particularly those in East Berlin, because when the wall went up, it cut off East Berliners' only chance of escape to a better life apart from Commun…
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German Anger after Versailles NOTE. This answer is my own assessment, based on work on the period. 1. Some of the territorial losses didn't in fact bother most Germans all that much. It was the loss of territory to Poland that hurt most. After all, for a long time the Germans had regarded the Po…
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Many Germans blamed the Jews for Germany's defeat in World War I, some even claiming that German Jews had betrayed the nation during the war. In addition, at the end of the war a Communist group attempted to carry out a Bolshevik-type revolution in the German state of Bavaria. Some of the leaders of…
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Germany was a civilian run dictatorship. Civil liberties for the masses were non existent.The press and radio were censored and otherwise controlled. Free speech was not allowed. Of course, Jews (and Jehova's witnesses) were not allowed to practice their religion, although otherwise, religious freed…
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The name Federal Republic of Germany originally applied to "West Germany" but is now the name for all of reunified Germany. From its founding in 1949 until reunification in 1990, the capital of West Germany was Bonn. It continued as the seat of government until early 1999.After reunification the fed…
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The German people felt 3 things when hit by the Treaty of Versailles. The Germans felt misled by the Kaiser. He started the war and then as they were looking like they might not win, he fled to Holland. The Germans were also annoyed at the way in which they were represented at the signing of the tre…
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Answer The Chancellor (currently Angela Merkel) is head of the administration. The German President, whose powers are largely ceremonial and very limited, is the official head of the German state but he or she does not exercise political power and acts instead more as a figurehead (cf. the Govern…
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Propaganda. Propaganda was the main thing that the Nazi's used to indoctrinate the German people. They used the media to the fullest through radio, movies, magazines and newspapers. They also used propaganda with posters, signs, mail, and cards. Education. To make their propaganda most effective the…
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The problems were huge. After all, the country had just lost a major war, without the public having been warned that things were not going well for Germany.Incredible as it sounds, the British naval blockade remained in force for several months after the signing of the armistice. Many Germans were b…
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the German government had to pay billions of dollars as a punishment for attacking other countries.
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Basically, Hitler had a huge amount of backing from rich pollination's this gave him an opportunity to set up a propaganda at the time there was a financial crises called the depression. This affected a lot of country's including USA who were loaning money to Germany and then had to stop because of …
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German goals before WW1 From the about 1890 onwards there was much resentment among many Germans that their country wasn't a 'world power'. What was usually meant by this was that (despite some colonies) Germany was essentially a European power without much influence worldwide. They contrasted th…
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'hilter was voted by the people of Germany' is correct but rather vague,President Hindenburg made him chancellor after telling Hitler just weeks before 'how will i answer to god if i make you chancellor'. Hindenburg did this out of the German benefit and Hitler was voted positively. Hindenburg did n…
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Answer The survival of the German people. Hitler and the NAZI party were elected because they promised to return Germany to the Germans, and to return Germany to it's prior glory. His first priority was to expel the Jews from Germany. Expansion: Hitler was well aware of the effects of intergr…
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The Frank family was Jewish. Edith and Margot Frank actively pursued participation in the Jewish faith, but Otto and Anne Frank were more Humanists than Jews.
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HitlerHe was an awful man but people followed him. People followed him because he was a strong extremist patriot, and this is what Germany thought they needed. they thought that Germany was going to fail under the Weirmar republic and they needed a strong dictator to get them back on their feet. Peo…
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Berlin Blockade The Berlin Blockade (Airlift) lasted from June 1948 till May 1949. After the end of the blockade the allies continued to airlift essentials into West Berlin to order to have a stockpile, just in case the blockade was renewed (which didn't happen).
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Germany is a democracy and a federal republic with sixteen states. At the national (federal) level Germany has a two-chamber parliamentary democracy elected largely on a system of proportional representation.It is a Federal Parliamentary Constitutional Republic.Germany's government system is a fede…
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Recover is a relative term. The western part of Germany was occupied by French, British and Americans in 1945. After an initial period of a year or so when hundreds of thousands, if not millions of German POWs and civilians were starved to death, these three nations began to send minimal aid. In p…
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Answer Millions of Germans were killed, most of its cities were bombed and shelled to rubble, its highways and railroads were destroyed, it was split into two countries for 46 years and even today it is synonymous with tyranny and genocide. WW2 also led to the expulsion of about 11.7 million eth…
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Hitler was a particularly extreme German nationalist. In addition to his hatred of the Jews, which is very well known, he believed other groups were inferior. He was an ardent Social Darwinist, and believed the process of survival of the fittest by natural selection should be artificially sped up …
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Germany NowYou ask the question as if Germany were still at war in 2005. I find that very odd.Germany is a member of NATO and of the European Union, so it has plenty of allies and trading partners.There is some anti-German feeling in many countries, and especially among some younger (!) people in Eu…
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1. Treaty of Versailles- Destroyed the German morale with humiliation, and the economy with war debts. 2. The worldwide depression- Which came to Germany at least five-fold worse than the US. 3. Using the Jews as a scapegoat- This helped him greatly, because all of the other politicians in German…
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Answer The relief provided by air by America, Britain and France to West Berlin when it was blockaded by Stalin's Soviet Union in 1948-49. It lasted for about 11 months until the Soviet Union abandoned the blockade.
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Adolf Hitler rose to power when he was released from jail, becoming the spokesperson for the poor and nationalistic German. He then became Chancellor and brought the Nazi Party to power and enforced his rules and laws. Hitler was a brilliant speaker and politician (however he was disorganized). He…
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Most German soldiers on the Eastern Front had a good idea of what was going on.
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I have read several books on this topic and can find no definitive answer.Germany had vague goals in WWI - they desired 'national security' but did not seem to know how to achieve it except by destroying the military power of their neighbors. They also desired 'national prestige' to be manifested by…
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all i know that is hitler is bad becuase he killed all if the jews. *During World War Two he was basically the main power in Europe because he invaded so many of the other countries and had so many allies. He took over (I think, I don't know for sure) about 22 countries with just his influence over …
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Answer The Berlin Wall was dividing East Berlin from West Berlin. Answer That is correct. It's worth adding that the Berlin Wall also made the division of Germany into East and West total - until 1989. Answer Some historians have noted that the purpose of the Berlin Wall was to stem the t…
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German Unification, 1871 The German states were first unified as a (federal) nation-state in 1871. The new Germany was in many respects an expanded Prussia ... (Austria had been expelled from the German Confederation by Prussia in 1866). However, Germany had existed as a cultural nation long…
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German government in the 1930s From March 1933 onwards Germany was a Fascist dictatorship - the most odious of them all. There are Fascist Dictators on the Right and Totalitarian Autocrats on the Left. Both do equal amount of harm and typiically use similar methods. Josef Stalin had nearly as ma…
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Berlin Wall important because...The Berlin Wall was important since it symbolized the lot of East Germany. It showed that people didn't want to live in East Germany and the government put the Berlin Wall to prevent people from crossing into to West Germany. It was a big propoganda disaster for Russi…
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Imports-machinery,vehicles,chemicals,foodstuff, textiles, metals Exports-machinery, vehicles, chemicals, metals, manufactures
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Germany and its economy were utterly exhausted. It had fought for over four years against an alliance that had more manpower and raw materials. When WW1 ended and for some months afterwards Germany experienced a whole series of left-wing uprisings, which were all suppressed successfully. Attempts to…
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As long as you weren't a political adversary or an "undesirable," it probably wasn't as bad as you think. 1. Lots of propaganda, everywhere you went. Children were FORCED to join the Hitler Youth at age 10, which led to early indoctrination and training. 2. The role of women changed; women were o…
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Answer USSR would have expanded it's borders anyway. Hitler was psychotic, irrational, and lacked true military training or ability. He burned the books in the streets that included history of Russia that clearly states that Russia has always successfully repelled all invaders due to harsh winte…
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(I assume you're asking whether young Germans are neo-Nazi, not whether they are actually like Hitler in terms of personality or charisma).The answer is an emphatic NO. Germany is a highly successful democracy based on firm foundations. Its people - young, middle-aged and elderly - include some of t…
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No, he commited suicide by shooting himself in the temple while simultaneously biting into a cyanide capsule on April 30, 1945. Even if he did manage to survive, it would be highly unlikely that he is still alive today, seeing as he would be 120 years old.
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Dear Cecil: I've always wondered why there are such widely varying names in different languages for the country between France and Poland. We call it Germany, the French call it Allemagne, and the Germans themselves call it Deutschland. Surely we see in such disagreements the roots of much recent t…
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Yes in some countries
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http://wiki.answers.com/Who_was_Hitler's_wife
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A winning party's belief that the majority of the people will support their policies. The legal authority to take action
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some reults I know and have studies is stating that the results were bad for the germansthe treaty of Versailles was signed between Germany and the victorious nations it included 1> the overseas colonis of Germany was distributed among the victorious naions.2> the territories of alsace and lor…
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President Truman responded to the blockade by sending planeloads of much-needed supplies to West Berlin. For more information on the Berlin Airlift consult the online Truman Library and Museum by following the link to the left.
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